historic towns & countryside tours
Discover in a day the best of this beautiful region. From the Mediterranean that gently rocks you in its warm sapphire waters to Provence's colourful traditions that flavour the tiny medieval hilltop villages - to ancient & historic towns and sprawling countryside that makes Provence what it is - absolute beauty.
hilltop villages and historic ancient towns
St Rémy & Arles the Romans & Vincent Van Gogh
At the heart of the Alpilles Saint Rémy is one of the must-see places. Lush green perfumed valleys & ancient streets and Arles, wander narrow golden- hued streets that inspired Van Gogh, find the town's lovely restored Roman amphitheatre, top-notch art and history museums. With Roman ruins Arles begins to feel like walking through a living history book.
Avignon and the villages of the Vaucluse
Named after France's most powerful natural spring, Fontaine-de-Vaucluse sandwiched between the rumpled mountains of the Hautes-Alpes & the rocky Var coastline. Crossed by three great rivers – the Rhône, the Durance and the Sorgue & Avignon with its crenellated ramparts and monumental Palais des Papes provides a glimpse of medieval majesty.
Spectacular hilltop villages of the Luberon
The Luberon is a Provençal patchwork of hilltop villages, vineyards, ancient abbeys and mile after mile of fragrant lavender fields. It’s a rural, traditional region that still makes time for the good things in life. We take in visits to Gordes, Bonnieux and Abbaye Notre Dame de Séneque a classic postcard shot of the medieval abbey surrounded by a sea of purple lavender.
Medieval villages of Les Baux & St Rémy de Provence
Clinging precariously to an ancient limestone rocky spur this fortified hilltop village is one of the most visited in France, narrow cobbled streets wind past old houses, up to a splendid ruined castle. Next St-Rémy as cultured and chi-chi as Provence gets, yet manages to cling on to its heart and soul. Honey-coloured stone houses & shaded squares lined by cafes.
The Gorge du Verdon & Moustiers St Marie
From the Provençal village of Moustiers fixed to the hillside and jaw-dropping drama of Gorges du Verdon. The ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’ slices a 25km swath through Haute-Provence’s plateau all the way to the foothills of the Alps. Etched out over millions of years by the Verdon River with their sheer, plunging cliffs – in some places 700m high.